“Legends of Tomorrow” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW.
In its first season,
“Legends” had epic stopries. Heroes and villains leaped across
time; superpowers soared, super egos collided, worlds wobbled. What
was missing, perhaps, was a human scale.
been a makeover. Several of the original characters -- Hawkgirl,
Hawkman. Captain Cold – are gone; tonight, another key one seems to
be leaving. Arriving is a wide-eyed historian (Nick Zano) who has no
special powers; he's just what the show needs. This hstarts and ends
with references to “Arrow” and “Flash”; in between is a
jaunty tale of a bomb, two Einsteins and world crisis.
“Falling Water” debut, 10 p.m., USA.
Here are three
strangers – a cop, a security chief, a trend-spotter. Each has a
busy life and dark dreams; they don't yet realize that the lives and
the dreams are inter-connected.
In its first hour,
“Falling Water” isn't yet compelling ... but it could get that
way quickly. Producer Gale Anne Hurd – a sci-fi master, from
“Terminator” to “Walking Dead” -- has a richly diverse cast,
with French star Lizzie Brochere, black British actor David Ajala and
Will Yun Lee, a U.S. native with Chinese and Korean roots. Their
characters are gradually descending into a creepy semi-reality.
ALTERNATIVE: “Better Things,” 10 p.m., FX.
aimlessly through one person's life, this show is alternately fun and
perplexing. Pamela Adlon plays someone a lot like herself – a
semi-employed actress with three daughters, an English mom and an
iffy love life. Most of it is chaotic, but in an interesting way.
encounters with males cross generation lines in odd ways. There's
more, with her
friend and her daft mom. It's often random, occasionally funny and
7:30 p.m. ET, and kick-off, 8:30, CBS. The Denver Broncos, starting
their post-Peyton era with a strong 4-1 record, visit tough-luck San
Diego. The Chargers have won one game (by 24 points) and lost four
... by a total of 14.
p.m., Fox. A booze cruise turns serious, when a body is discovered.
The case soon involves the world of deep-sea treasure-hunting.
p.m., NBC. When the spokesman for the store chain is accused of a
nasty crime, Dina decides to have mandatory drug-testing. Meanwhile,
Cheyenne can't stop talking about her baby; also, Amy and Jonah have
a day of dares and pranks.
“The Good Place,”
8:30, NBC. As Michael's reluctant assistant, Eleanor is given a key
task. Now it's harder for her to cover up her secret: She only got
the good afterlife due to his bureaucratic error.
“Pitch,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. For Mike (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), the veteran catcher, this is
doubly complicated: An injury could cost him his spot in the All-Star
Game; also, his general manager (Mark Consuelos) has just signed a
star catcher from Cuba. Meanwhile, Ginny – the first female in the
majors – finds it's difficult to balance her carteer and her
10 p.m., NBC. Liz and the team chase an eco-terrorist who has a link
to Alexander Kirk. Also, Tom takes things into his own hands.
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. It's another brutal week for Annalise.
The Bar Association finds damaging information about her; a
disciplinary action could jeopardize her young client. Also, Frank –
once her trusted assistant – commits yet another shocking deed.